There is always something to do out on the farm, and sometimes you get caught short.
At the end of February, I looked around and thought that I wouldn't have to do much work when it came to taking care of the weeds. None of them was much higher than an inch, and most had already turned brown.
What a difference a month makes. I've now got weeds that are 3 feet tall and still growing. The March rains were nice to have, but they also created problems to go along with the benefits.
The timing of the rain was great for the trees. With them coming just before bud break, we can expect to see good crops for next year. But for the vegetables, the news isn't so good. All the new weeds are going to have to be taken care of prior to planting. This means there will be a delay in planting, and later harvests than we would like, especially since at least so far, there seem to cooler temperatures than normal.
On to the good news. The avocados are back at the Nipomo Farmers Market. After an absence of nine months, the first avocados of the season were on the table last week. Customers have been asking when they would return since the middle of last year. Well the wait is over. The crop looks to be bigger than last year, and will hopefully last longer. Although, with the way customers are buying them up, you never know. At the beginning of the season, they take a long time to ripen, but you can get them hard and ripen them at home.
Of course, the avocados weren't the only thing at the market. Blood oranges are a very popular orange for some reason. I have no idea why, but they are at the market every week, so check them out if they appeal to you. The clementine mandarins have also started to come to the market. This year's crop is proving to be very easy to peel. I have no idea why, but it's nice that they are.
The limes and lemons are also showing up each week as are the strawberries. On the vegetable front, we are still deep into the winter crop season, which means plenty of carrots, beets, radishes, broccoli, salad mix, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts.
Most summer vegetables are just being planted, but they will be coming in due time.
So this and every Sunday, be sure to set aside some time to pay a visit to the Nipomo Farmers Market, located in the parking lot at Trilogy. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.